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date: 23 October 2020

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Quebec’s popular cinema has always enjoyed commercial success, presenting a homogeneous image of Québécois culture that strikes a chord with domestic audiences. This success partly results from Quebec cinema’s ability to capitalize on a narrowly defined national ethos: linguistic distinctiveness, whiteness, and a love–hate relationship with Catholicism. The top-grossing films produced in the province over the past several decades suggest that, behind the veneer of multicultural urbanism and globalized modernity, there remains a stubborn attraction for the homogeneity of folk culture. None of the top-grossing films produced in Quebec over the past seventy years focus on the diverse experiences of Indigenous people or emigrants—the symbolic center of the narrative is always firmly bound to a traditional French-Canadian frame of reference. This chapter examines folk homogeneity throughout the corpus of top-grossing Quebec films from the first wave of French-Canadian features in the 1940s and 1950s to the most recent blockbusters.

Keywords: Quebec cultural distinctiveness, ethnic homogeneity, popular culture, folk culture, white francophone protagonists, top-grossing films, genre film, sex comedy, melodrama

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